In a primitive culture long ago, people believed that “honesty is the best policy,” that ” a man’s word was his bond.”
In that primitive civilization, truthfulness was considered a high virtue, one that many aspired to maintain.
A handshake was considered a viable contract to honor one’s word of promise.
As centuries passed,the enlightened ones soon came to see that sometimes you could accomplish much more good for the people if you didn’t tell them the truth, but told them what they wanted to hear.
These enlightened ones learned that if they repeated a lie often enough, the more primitive ones would soon begin to accept the lie as truth.
These enlightened ones knew best what the less enlightened needed, and the end result was much more important than the means to arrive at that result.
So, the ones who most skillfully used deception and dishonesty became the highly esteemed leaders of the culture.